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Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Appointment of George K. Ross as Director
Date:1/24/2008

PALATINE, Ill., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ACPH.OB) is pleased to announce the appointment of George K. Ross to its Board of Directors and Chairman of its Audit Committee. The appointment of Mr. Ross increases the size of the Company's Board to seven.

Since April 2002, Mr. Ross has been a consultant to early stage businesses and a financial investor. Since July 2005 he has also served as Executive Director, Greater New York for World Vision. His business career has included senior financial officer and board member positions with both public and private companies in diverse industries. Mr. Ross was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a board member of Tier Technologies Inc. from February 1997 to January 2000, which became a public company during this period. Mr. Ross was a partner and investor with Capital Partners from 1992 to 1997, serving on multiple boards of directors. He was a senior financial officer and director of various Axel Johnson Inc. businesses from 1979 to 1992. He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and director of Aminoil USA, an R.J. Reynolds ("RJR") subsidiary, from 1976 to 1979; and in various financial positions with RJR from 1969 to 1976. He also has worked in public accounting with Ernst & Ernst. Mr. Ross is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Masters of Business Administration from Ohio State University.

About Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in research, development and manufacture of innovative Aversion(R) (abuse deterrent) Technology and related product candidates.

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